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Transmission Slipping: What is It and is It Serious?

Transmission slipping is indicative of a serious car problem. Unlike some car issues that are okay to go unattended to for awhile, signs of transmission slipping calls for immediate action to be taken. Why? Left untreated, transmission slipping can result in serious car damage and expensive car repair costs, something nobody wants. As a car owner, knowing the telltale signs of transmission slipping is important in protecting your vehicle, and D & R Autoworks is here to help. Signs of Transmission Slipping: Delayed Shifting One of the easiest ways to identify transmission slipping is slow gear shifting. If your car jerks or fails to slowly transition from one gear to another, your vehicle may be experiencing transmission slipping. Inability to go in Reverse In the event that your car fails to move when you put it in reverse, your vehicle is likely suffering from transmission slipping. During more extreme cool and warm temperatures, the ch ... read more

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What is That Sound my Car is Making?

Every driver should master the various warning car sounds that signal specific mechanical problems early enough for effective intervention. Drivers who learn to maintain some closeness with their cars will easily tell when the engine requires some maintenance or whether some part requires replacement. The knowledge of some common sounds can help the driver make the right diagnosis to determine how and when to fix the problem. The following tips should help any discerning driver to avoid inconveniences on the road through quick intervention. The list of the car sounds is not exhaustive but covers some of the most common challenges that you might have experienced in the past or will encounter in the near future. A ticking sound from the car’s underside Drivers should be wary of a ticking sound, which is usually heard from the center underside of their cars. This sound is usually heard from rear-wheel-drive vehicles or four-wheel-drive cars ... read more

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The Dangers of not Getting Regular Oil Changes

The most important maintenance task that you can perform on your car is to change engine oil regularly. Follow directions set by the manufacturer regarding which oil runs what mileage depending on the driving conditions. The following are some of the key dangers of not getting regular oil changes: Reduced Performance The lack of a regular engine oil changes can lead to a reduced engine performance. Engine oil breaks down if over used. Engine components such as pistons and gaskets do not function well under improper engine oil. Your vehicle will not perform at its best hence you will notice a reduced gas mileage. No Early Detection A regular engine oil check may alert you of any engine anomalies. A regular engine oil change can tell if your engine burns oil quickly or has a leakage. Regular oil changes also alerts of other problems like engine coolant leaking & mixing with the engine oil. Contamination Engine ... read more

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Car Parts That Don’t Like Sun Exposure

Driving a car and owning one is almost everyone’s goal in the modern world and people work hard and make sacrifices to own this precious machine. The car should be well maintained to provide maximum safety to the driver by taking care of the car parts that can get destroyed easily and hence increase maintenance costs. Different car parts require different preservation measures as exposure to extreme conditions may increase the maintenance costs. Exposing your car to extreme sunlight is likely to overheat the car and damage some of the car parts which include the dashboard, the steering wheel, the battery, the windshield wipers, the gas, the tires and the transmission system. The vehicles can even get damaged while parked especially in summer time. Here are some of the car parts that can get damaged by excessive heat from the sun. Car Battery Exposing your car to excess sun is likely to drain your car battery or even zap the battery in the car. This l ... read more

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How to Prolong the Life of Your Tires

Car tires are prone to frequent wear, especially if you’re commuting to school or work each day. Their frequent replacement can be very costly, especially given the fact that you have other maintenance expenses with your vehicle as well. Try these helpful tips on how to get the longest life out of your tires. Correct Tire Pressure Before you start a long road trip or with each oil change, it is important that you check your air pressure. This is the most important factor when it comes to prolonging the life of your tires. The recommended inflation pressure is normally imprinted on any tire’s sidewall by your tire manufacturer, but the correct pressure is that recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. For this information, take a look at the owner’s manual of your vehicle. Be especially sure to check the tire pressure when the tires are cold so that you can get the most accurate readings. Investing in the right type of valve caps is also recommended in ... read more

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6 Auto Maintenance Tasks to Never Neglect

There are a number of simple but serious mistakes that individuals make when trying to keep their vehicles in good shape. The following include some of the most common auto maintenance tasks that we recommend you not forget. Properly inflating your tires An auto maintenance tasks that you must never forget is to regularly check your vehicle’s tires to ensure they have the proper air pressure. If they require air, ensure your fill them up to the desired level listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Note that if your tires are not properly inflated, they tend to wear faster and are normally unreliable on the road. Also, be sure to rotate the tires on a regular basis in order to ensure they wear evenly. Paying close mind to the brakes When brakes start to sound or feel differently, this is something that calls for urgent auto maintenance. However, most individual postpone until they forget completely. By doing so, they expose themselves t ... read more

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Best Car Washing and Maintenance Tips

Do I really need to wax my car? Below are some of the benefits and importance of car washing and waxing. Protection of the car Car waxing helps in protecting the car from different types of weather, like freezing temperatures or extreme heat. We also recommend purchasing a wax that will help keep the vehicle safe from damages that are usually caused by bad weather. In places that receive low temperatures, car owners are recommended to wash and wax their cars so as to avoid any beatings from salts on the road during the winter. If the car is not properly waxed during the winter, the vehicle’s body will rust and wear out. Cleanliness and looks of the vehicle Waxing and regular washing of the vehicle will help remove contaminants from the surface of the vehicle and therefore slow down the wear and tear of the body of the vehicle. It also helps in maintaining new looks and make the vehicle look clean and brand new through ... read more

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How to Tell if It’s Time for New Tires

As years pass with your car, your tires are going to wear out. Regular tire maintenance and know when it’s time for new tires is very important. To get the most out of your tires, know what maintenance needs to be done and when. Rotation: Rotating your tires is a simple maintenance to keep them lasting longer. Ideally, you want the tread depth to be the same on the rear and front tires. A great way to remember to do this is to rotate them every other oil change. Air Pressure: If your air pressure is too low, you’ll wear out the sides of your tires much quicker. If the air pressure is too high, you’ll wear out the center tread more quickly. Regularly check your tire pressure and be sure it matches up with the rating on your driver’s side door or manual. Alignment: If your alignment is off, your tires are forced to work much harder. They will also wear in strange patterns. Alignment issues should be taken care of right away ... read more

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How to Keep Your Car Cool this Summer

With hot and humid conditions of summer weather, it’s important you’re aware of car safety. It’s common to be concerned about your comfort level, but you also need to be aware of how the heat affects your vehicle. Here are some suggestions to keep you and your car cool this summer: –Pay attention to the temperature of your air conditioner. If it’s not as cool as it once was, there may be an issue with the refrigerant level, or worse. –Make sure your battery is securely in place so that heat and vibration don’t lead to a failure. If your car’s battery is more than 3 years old, have a technician take a look. –Ensure all of your car’s fluids are topped regularly to keep your engine lubricated. Coolants will also carry heat away from the motor. When it’s extremely hot, there are several things you can do to keep the heat down inside your car. –Park in the shade to avoid direct sunlight. –Purchase a sunshade to keep your da ... read more

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Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

If you live in an area with very hot and humid summer, it’s important to remember the toll it takes on mechanical components such as your car. Here are some ways to get your vehicle ready for the hot months of summer: Rotate Tires If you still have your snow tires, remove them in order to not wear them down on the dry pavement. If you don’t need to change your tires, have them rotated with the new season. Check Tire Pressure It is very critical for your car to be driving on properly inflated tires for safety and maintenance. You may need to check your owner’s manual for the optimal tire pressures. If you need to adjust the pressure, do so before you forget. Having the correct amount of pressure will help your tires last longer and even improve your gas mileage. Also, do not check your tire pressure during very high temperatures because the air pressure in a warm tire tends to rise. Oil Change This time when ... read more

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